Alicia D Williams
Start: November 9, 2023 7:30 p.m.
End: November 9, 2023 9 p.m.

The Ball State Writer-in-Residence program is thrilled to host Newbery Honor-winning author Alicia D. Williams in Muncie the week of November 6-10, 2023, to read, write, learn, and talk with students in our community schools and after-school programs, and engage with community members around her award-winning books.

Free public evening events on Ball State’s campus will include a talk on writing for young people and a fiction reading followed by an on-stage interview with Ball State alum - and New York Times bestselling memoirist - Ashley C. Ford.

These evening events will also feature a literary fair, book sales, signing, and refreshments. Williams will be reading from her award-winning middle-grade novel “Genesis Begins Again.” In addition, Burris fifth grade students will be studying two picture books: “Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston” and “Shirley Chisholm Dared: The Story of the First Black Woman in Congress.”

Thursday, November 9

Featured Reading with Alicia D. Williams, 7:30 p.m. This will be followed by a conversation with Ashley C. Ford, the 2022 Writer-In-Residence. Burris Laboratory School Auditorium. Free and open to all! No tickets required.

The residency is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English with generous support from the Efroymson Family Fund, the College of Sciences & Humanities, and the Office of the President, as well as invaluable co-sponsorship from the Office for Community Engagement, the Department for Women’s, Gender, and African American Studies, Muncie Community Schools, Burris Laboratory School, and Loudmouth Books.

For more information, please contact the WIR program coordinator, Jill Christman (